Hispanic Studies

A major in Hispanic Studies at Wabash College provides students an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to the study of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), Latin America, and the Philippines. The major recognizes that the complexity and diversity of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula do not fall under the purview of any one academic department. This makes Hispanic Studies an interdisciplinary, liberal arts area of study.

Requirements for the Major

The Major in Hispanic Studies consists of 9 course credits distributed as described below.

Note: students may not double count courses toward a Hispanic Studies major and

  • a Spanish major
  • a Spanish minor
  • an MAS minor
Spanish
SPA-201Intermediate Spanish 11
SPA-202Spanish Language & Hispanic Cultures 11
SPA-301Conversation & Composition 11
SPA-312Studies in Hispanic Culture 21
Electives4
Topics Art History
Spec Topic: European Econ
Art & Arch of Ancient Americas
Peoples & Nations of Latin America
Spec Topic: Latin America Econ
Adv Topics:World&Comp History
Studies in Hispanic Language
Studies in Hispanic Culture
Adv Topics:Med&Early Mod Eur
Adv Topics: Modern Europe
Advanced Topics: American History
Adv Topics Comparative PoliticsyAdv Topics in Comparative Politics
Adv Topics in International Relations
Capstone
HSP-400Senior Capstone1
Total Credits9
1

offered every semester

2

offered every year

Comprehensive Exams

Written comps created and administered by qualified members of the Spanish and History Departments, or other appropriate departments. Orals will include a major examiner drawn from the same pool.

Hispanic Studies (HSP)

HSP-210 Topics Art History

The objective of this class is to develop the student's understanding of art history. Through the analysis of a particular theme or topic, students will gain a greater understanding of visual communication and its history. Since the content of this course varies from year to year, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval. Examples of course topics: Building for the Spirit; Religious Architecture from Antiquity to the Present; Women in Art; The Image of Man; Monumentality; Introduction to African Art; African American Art; The Art of the Ancient Americas; and Latin American Art.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

HSP-228 Spec Topic: European Econ

The course provides opportunities for specialized, innovative material to be made available for students at the introductory level. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: ECO-101
Credit: 1
Distribution: Behavioral Science

HSP-240 Art & Arch of Ancient Americas

This course will explore the art and architecture of the great civilizations of Mesoamerica and the Andean region of South America from around 1500 BC until the arrival of Europeans in the New World. Similarities and distinctions in such aspects as urban planning, architecture, monumental sculpture, and portable arts will be explored among the great cultures of the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Aztec, Nazca, Moche, and Inca.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

HSP-252 Peoples & Nations of Latin America

A survey of the history of Latin America from Pre-Columbian times through the Wars of Independence and the national period to the current day. This course will examine the various internal dynamics and external influences that have shaped the experiences of the countries of Latin America since independence. Emphasis on socioeconomic structures as the conditioning environment for political and cultural developments. A major focus will be historical analysis of scholarly monographs and primary source documents. This course is offered in the spring semester (when offered).
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HSP-277 Spec Topic: Latin America Econ

The course provides opportunities for specialized, innovative material to be made available for students at the introductory level. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: ECO-101
Credit: 1
Distribution: Behavioral Science

HSP-300 Adv Topics:World&Comp History

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in world and comparative history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.
Prerequisites: 0.5 credit from HIS
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HSP-311 Studies in Hispanic Language

Studies in Hispanic Language offers advanced study in a Hispanic language. Topics may vary and include, but are not limited to, linguistics: phonetics, grammar and syntax, and second language acquisition. Students will develop the analytical tools and language specific to the study of the Spanish language and demonstrate those skills in interpretative essays and class discussion. May be retaken for credit if topic is different from previously taken course. This course counts toward the Language Studies requirement.
Prerequisites: SPA-301
Credit: 1
Distribution: Language Studies

HSP-312 Studies in Hispanic Culture

Studies in Hispanic culture offers advanced study of Hispanic culture. Topics may vary and include, but are not limited to, film, popular culture and arts, theory of mind, regional and ethnic identities, gender studies, politics and religion. As they consider the connections among different disciplines and cultural contexts, students will develop the analytical tools and language specific to the interpretation of cultural moments and demonstrate those skills in interpretative essays and class discussion. May be retaken for credit if topic is different from previously taken course.
Prerequisites: SPA-301 and 302
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

HSP-313 Studies in Hispanic Literature

Studies in Hispanic Literature offers advanced interdisciplinary study of Spanish and Latin American literary genres, periods, and authors. Topics may vary. Students read and analyze texts to better understand the dialog between literature and historical, political, and social realities, as well as the connections between Hispanic and other literary traditions. Students will develop the analytical tools and language specific to the interpretation of a particular genre and demonstrate those skills in interpretative essays and class discussion. May be retaken for credit if topic is different from previously taken course.
Prerequisites: SPA-301 and 302
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

HSP-320 Adv Topics:Med&Early Mod Eur

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in medieval and early modern European history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.
Prerequisites: .5 credit from HIS HIST
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HSP-330 Adv Topics: Modern Europe

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in modern European history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.
Prerequisites: HIS-230, 231, or 232
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HSP-340 Advanced Topics: American History

This course provides opportunities for small group and independent work in intensive study of selected topics in American history. Since the content of this course varies from semester to semester, it may be repeated for credit upon the instructor's approval.
Prerequisites: HIS-240, 241, 242, 244, or 245
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion

HSP-372 Adv Topics Comparative PoliticsyAdv Topics in Comparative Politics

These courses focus at an advance level on a particular issue concept, problem or question in comparative politics. Advanced level.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Behavioral Science

HSP-374 Adv Topics in International Relations

This is an advanced course that focuses on a specific topic in international relations. Topics vary from semester to semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Behavioral Science

HSP-400 Senior Capstone

Hispanic Studies Senior Capstone.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1

The Oversight Committee for the Major in Hispanic Studies consists of the chairs of Modern Languages, History, and a faculty member who teaches Latin American or Iberian content in another department appointed by the Dean of the College. The Committee will track students in the major, add and subtract courses from the list delineated below, and coordinate with faculty in all interested disciplines.